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Deuteronomy 19 :: New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB95)

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Cities of Refuge

(Num 35:9–28; Jos 20:1–9 )
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 19:1 - “When the LORD your God cuts off the nations, whose land the LORD your God gives you, and you dispossess them and settle in their cities and in their houses,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 19:2 - you shall set aside three cities for yourself in the midst of your land, which the LORD your God gives you to [fn]possess.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 19:3 - “You shall prepare the [fn]roads for yourself, and divide into three parts the territory of your land which the LORD your God will give you as a possession, [fn]so that any manslayer may flee there.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 19:4 - “Now this is the case of the manslayer who may flee there and live: when he [fn]kills his friend [fn]unintentionally, [fn]not hating him previously
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 19:5 - as when a man goes into the forest with his friend to cut wood, and his hand [fn]swings the axe to cut down the tree, and the iron head slips off the [fn]handle and [fn]strikes his friend so that he dies—he may flee to one of these cities and live;
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 19:6 - otherwise the avenger of blood might pursue the manslayer [fn]in the heat of his anger, and overtake him, because the way is long, and [fn]take his life, though he was not deserving of death, since he had not hated him previously.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 19:7 - “Therefore, I command you, saying, ‘You shall set aside three cities for yourself.’
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 19:8 - “If the LORD your God enlarges your territory, just as He has sworn to your fathers, and gives you all the land which He [fn]promised to give your fathers
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 19:9 - if you [fn]carefully observe all this commandment which I command you today, to love the LORD your God, and to walk in His ways alwaysthen you shall add three more cities for yourself, besides these three.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 19:10 - “So innocent blood will not be shed in the midst of your land which the LORD your God gives you as an inheritance, and bloodguiltiness be on you.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 19:11 - “But if there is a man who hates his neighbor and lies in wait for him and rises up against him and strikes [fn]him so that he dies, and he flees to one of these cities,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 19:12 - then the elders of his city shall send and take him from there and deliver him into the hand of the avenger of blood, that he may die.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 19:13 - [fn]You shall not pity him, but you shall purge the blood of the innocent from Israel, that it may go well with you.

Laws of Landmark and Testimony

Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 19:14 - “You shall not move your neighbor’s boundary mark, which the ancestors have set, in your inheritance which you will inherit in the land that the LORD your God gives you to [fn]possess.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 19:15 - “A single witness shall not rise up against a man on account of any iniquity or any sin [fn]which he has committed; on the [fn]evidence of two or three witnesses a matter shall be confirmed.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 19:16 - “If a malicious witness rises up against a man to [fn]accuse him of [fn]wrongdoing,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 19:17 - then both the men who have the dispute shall stand before the LORD, before the priests and the judges who will be in office in those days.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 19:18 - “The judges shall investigate thoroughly, and if the witness is a false witness and he has [fn]accused his brother falsely,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 19:19 - then you shall do to him just as he had intended to do to his brother. Thus you shall purge the evil from among you.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 19:20 - “The rest will hear and be afraid, and will never again do such an evil thing among you.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 19:21 - “Thus [fn]you shall not show pity: life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.
NASB95 Footnotes
Literally: possess it
Literally: road
Literally: and it shall be for every manslayer to flee there
Literally: smites
Literally: without knowledge
Literally: and he was not hating him previously
Literally: is thrust with
Literally: wood
Literally: finds
Literally: while his heart is hot
Literally: smite him in the soul
Literally: spoke
Literally: do it
Literally: him in the soul
Literally: Your eye
Literally: possess it
Literally: in any sin, which he sins
Literally: mouth of two witnesses, or by the mouth of three
Literally: testify against
Literally: turning aside
Literally: testified against
Literally: your eye

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